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February 3, 2016

Taste of Hong Kong Announces International Collaborations at The World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival

By Zahra Al-Kateb

Taste of Hong Kong - IMG presents its first Taste Festival in Asia – Taste of Hong Kong presented by Standard CharteredLondon’s reputed Duck & Waffle led by Executive Chef Daniel Doherty is added to the line-up, with Three-Time Best In Taste Award Winner Chef Pascal Aussignac acting as guest judge.

Hong Kong’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will be joined by London favourite Duck & Waffle and its award-winning executive chef Daniel Doherty for one day only on Saturday 12 March at Taste of Hong Kong presented by Standard Chartered, offering festival goers and food fanatics a chance to try its signature dish “The Duck & Waffle”.

Duck & Waffle will no doubt prove popular amongst Hong Kong gourmands, having already received its fair share of accolades in the UK, including Top 100 Restaurants by the prestigious National Restaurant Awards. As London’s first 24-7 gourmet dining restaurant, Duck & Waffle offers a playful take on traditional British fare with broad European influences emphasising local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.

Taste of Hong Kong - Chefs Chris Whitmore, Charles Pelletier, Erik Idos, Pino Lavarra, Shane Osborn, Richard Ekkebus, Matt Abergel, Siu Hin Chi and Paul Lau“I am delighted to be involved in Taste Festivals’ Asian launch and in particular for it to be in Hong Kong as it is such a food-centric city that really appreciates and celebrates great food,” said Daniel Doherty. We already have a great fan base from Hong Kong who come to Duck & Waffle in London so we are looking forward to showcasing our signature dish, the Duck & Waffle to the rest of Hong Kong!”

“I have loved participating in Taste of London as it’s a great way for chefs to connect with guests on a much more personal level as we get to come out front of house and chat to visitors. It is also a great way to meet your peers in the industry and catch up. Being able to participate in a Taste Festival in Hong Kong takes the event to a whole new level for us.”

As the ultimate dining experience, Taste of Hong Kong promises a showcase of twelve Hong Kong restaurants throughout 10-13 March. Festivities will commence with an awards ceremony on Thursday 10 March to reveal the Best in Taste. Judges will include local food critics and renowned Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Pascal Aussignac of Club Gascon fame.

Taste of Hong Kong - Aberdeen Street Social's Raw Hokkaido scallops, dashi jelly, apple, shiso, avocado and wasabi puréeFlying in from the UK for the festival, Aussignac and Doherty bring with them a strong heritage from working with Taste of London, the original Taste Festival founded in 2004. Doherty has participated in both 2014 and 2015’s June and November versions of Taste of London where he served up dishes with a very British sense of humour and taste, a festival favourite being his “5 Star Kebab,” “Spicy Ox Cheek Doughnut” and the famed “Duck & Waffle.” A legendary chef in Europe in his own right, Pascal has also won the coveted ‘Best in Taste’ award at Taste of London three times in the last four years, with Southern French delights, including “Marmite Royale & Soldiers” and “Croque Gascon”.

‘Best in Taste’ will be judged on a dish from each of the Taste of Hong Kong’s restaurants including; Aberdeen Street Social, Amber, CHINO, Duddell’s, Serge et le phoque, Tin Lung Heen, Tosca, Yardbird and RŌNIN and more to be announced, allowing festival goers to seek out and sample the winner over the course of the four days. The must-attend event will include small plate signature dishes from each restaurant, unique to festival icon dishes, interactive and engaging demonstrations, masterclasses, entertainment activations and artisanal products for the discerning guests.

A limited number of Taste of Hong Kong Early Bird tickets are on sale through Ticketflap until Sunday 31 January. Tickets start at HK$108 for weekdays and HK$138 for weekend sessions. Book now and save. With highly desirable VIP passes priced at HK$598/$648 (weekday and weekend sessions respectively). Limited in supply, Hong Kongers should buy now to obtain fast track festival entry, exclusive access to the VIP enclosure, HK$300 worth of the official festival currency “Crowns” and three complimentary premium beverages.

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With 8 Michelin stars accrued amongst the announced restaurants, Taste of Hong Kong promises to satiate the appetite of this city’s gourmands.

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